Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

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Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
Scottish Government Logo.svg
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister.png
Incumbent
John Swinney MSP

since 18 May 2016
Style Cabinet Secretary
Education Secretary
(within Scotland)
Scottish Education Secretary (outwith Scotland)
Appointer First Minister
Inaugural holder Sam Galbraith
Minister for Children and Families
Formation May 1999
Deputy Maree Todd
(Minister for Children and Young People)
TBC
(Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science)
Website www.gov.scot

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, commonly referred to as the Education Secretary, is a position in the Scottish Government Cabinet responsible for all levels of education in Scotland.

The Cabinet Secretary is supported by the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science and the Minister for Children and Young People which are both junior ministerial posts.[1]

The current Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills is John Swinney, who was appointed in May 2016.

Overview

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills include:

  • Government Strategy
  • Delivery and outcomes across portfolios
  • Resilience, School standards
  • Educational attainment and closing the attainment gap
  • National Improvement Framework
  • Quality and improvement
  • Teaching profession
  • School infrastructure and staffing
  • Qualifications
  • Behaviour
  • Measures to combat bullying
  • The Gaelic and Scots languages
  • Modern languages
  • Historical Abuse Inquiry
  • Named person
  • Cross Government co-ordination of Public Service Reform
  • Childcare implementation
  • Early years education
  • Child protection
  • Social services workforce
  • Adoption and Fostering
  • Children’s rights
  • Looked after children
  • Children’s hearings
  • Protection of vulnerable groups
  • Children’s services
  • Widening Access
  • Higher education and universities
  • Further education and colleges
  • Student funding
  • Science and STEM
  • Youth work
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Implementation of Wood recommendations.

Public bodies

The following public bodies report to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning:

History

The position was created in 1999 as the Minister for Children and Education; it was renamed as the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs in 2000 and given more responsibilities; those were taken away from the post in 2001 and it was renamed again as the Minister for Education and Young People. The current position of Cabinet Secretary was created following the 2007 election.

List of Office holders

Minister for Children and Education

Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Sam Galbraith 16 May 1999 28 November 2001 Labour Party Donald Dewar

Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs

Jack McConnell Jack McConnell.jpg 28 November 2001 22 November 2002 Labour Party Henry McLeish

Minister for Education and Young People

Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson.jpg 22 November 2002 20 May 2003 Labour Party Jack McConnell
Peter Peacock Peter Peacock.jpg 20 May 2003 14 November 2006 Labour Party
Hugh Henry Hugh Henry.jpg 14 November 2006 16 May 2007 Labour Party

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs (2).jpg 16 May 2007 1 December 2009 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Michael Russell Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning (2).jpg 1 December 2009 21 November 2014 Scottish National Party
Angela Constance AngelaConstanceMSP20110510.JPG 21 November 2014 18 May 2016 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

John Swinney John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Sustainable Growth (1).jpg 18 May 2016 Incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

References

  1. ^ "Biographies and responsibilities: Ministerial responsibilities: Education portfolio". Scottish Government. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 


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